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Ever-Expanding Universe #01: Mothershipby Martin Leicht
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andlt;bandgt;Teen pregnancy is never easyand#8212;especially not when extraterrestrials are involved. The first in a new trilogy.andlt;/bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Elvie Nara was doing just fine in the year 2074. She had a great best friend, a dad she adored, and bright future working on the Ares Project on Mars. But then she had to get involved with sweet, gorgeous, dumb-as-a-brick Coleand#8212;and now sheand#8217;s pregnant.andlt;BRandgt;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp; Getting shipped off to the Hanover School for Expecting Teen Mothers was not how Elvie imagined spending her junior year, but she can go with the flow. That is, until a team of hot commandos hijacks the shipand#8212;and one of them turns out to be Cole. She hasnand#8217;t seen him since she told him sheand#8217;s pregnant, and now heand#8217;s bursting into her new home to tell her that her teachers are aliens and want to use her unborn baby to repopulate their species? Nice try, buddy. You could have just called.andlt;BRandgt;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp; So fine, finding a way off this ship is priority number one, but first Elvie has to figure out how Cole ended up as a commando, work together with her arch-nemesis, and figure out if she even wants to be a motherand#8212;assuming they get back to Earth in one piece.
"In this futuristic comedy/adventure, first in the Ever-Expanding Universe triÂlogy, Leicht and Neal introduce the most unlikely of protagonists: unwed 16-year-old mother-to-be Elvie Nara. Abandoned by the baby's father, Elvie ends up in space, at the newly founded Hanover School for Expecting Teen Mothers, a Ã¢Â€Â¨repurposed low-orbit cruise liner. Three weeks before Elvie's due date, her life Ã¢Â€Â¨explodes when the ship is boarded by a group of extremely hot guys who rescue the teen moms from the suddenly homicidal school faculty. Now Elvie and her schoolmates are caught between two feuding alien races, with their unborn children at stake. The fast-paced action, laugh-out-loud moments, and memorable characters don't quite disguise that this is a story about aliens knocking up girls without their knowledge, and not everyone gets out alive. The slangy narrative voice is more 2004 than 2074 ('How can an emergency exit door be locked? thinks Elvie. 'Not cool, Hanover School. So not cool'), but it's still a whole lot of fun. Ages 12 — up. Agents: (for Neal) Stephen Barbara, Foundry Literary + Media; (for Leicht) Joanna Volpe, Nancy Coffey Literary. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Martin Leicht decided at the age of three that he wanted to spend his life spinning stories, and he went on to receive his MA from the Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing at NYU. He lives in New York City, though his heart will always be in Philadelphia. Martin Leicht and Isla Neal are the authors of The Ever Expanding Universe trilogy, which includes andlt;i andgt;Mothershipandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;i andgt;A Stranger Thingandlt;/iandgt;, and andlt;i andgt;The World Forgotandlt;/iandgt;.Isla Neal grew up in a small mountain town in Southern California and earned her MFA in Creative Writing for Children and Teens at the New School in in New York City, where she currently lives and works. Isla Neal and Martin Leicht are the authors of The Ever Expanding Universe trilogy, which includes andlt;i andgt;Mothershipandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;i andgt;A Stranger Thingandlt;/iandgt;, and andlt;i andgt;The World Forgotandlt;/iandgt;.
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